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Jack Kemp Never Took the Political Low Road, Says Prof. Goldstein
May 3, 2009

With the recent passing of Congressman and former Vice-Presidential Nominee, Jack Kemp, Professor Joel K. Goldstein reflects in an editorial for the Saint Louis Beacon how Kemp was the type of politician more interested in discussing ideas, rather than vilifying his political opponents. Prof. Goldstein cites the 1996 Vice Presidential Debate between Kemp and Al Gore as the best example of a civil exchange of political visions.

Justice Souter Was Exemplary, But Not As Liberal As Justice Brennan, Notes Prof. Gloldstein
May 1, 2009

When Justice David H. Souter was nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court by the first Bush Administration, he was touted as a reliable conservative; a stark contrast to the liberal Justice William J. Brennan Jr. whom he was replacing. Yet, after almost 20-years on the bench, Souter has continually defied his backers by siding with the moderate and liberal majority of the Supreme Court. With the recent news of Souter's upcoming retirement, The Saint Louis Beacon asked Prof. Joel K. Goldstein for his thoughts on whether Souter was ultimately as liberal as his predecessor, Justice Brennan.

Sen. Specter’s Switch Signifies Polarization of the Parties, Prof. Goldstein Remarks
April 28, 2009

Professor Joel K. Goldstein was tapped by for his thoughts on Sen. Arlen Spector's decision to switch from the Republican to the Democratic party.

Biden Takes Pride In His Role, Says Prof. Goldstein
April 26, 2009

Professor Joel K. Goldstein explains how Vice President Joe Biden is comfortable with having a "lesser role than his predecessor," in a story for Delaware Online about Biden's first 100 days on the job.

Will the Supreme Court Review Resentencing Guidelines For Drug Cases? It's A Long Shot, Says Prof. Miller
April 24, 2009

In recent years, the courts have acknowledged that laws passed during the 1980s have allowed for a disparity between sentences for crack cocaine and white powder cocaine crimes. Disagreement still remains among district judges about how much discretion they should have when resentencing crack cocaine offenders post U.S. v. Booker. Missouri Lawyers Weekly interviewed Professor Eric J. Miller on whether the U.S. Supreme Court could step in and potentially rehear resentencing guidelines. Miller said that whether the U.S. Supreme Court takes action "may depend on what the 9th Circuit does," but it's still a long shot.

Prof. Goldstein Analyzes Cheney's Media Resurgence
April 22, 2009

The recent release of Bush-era memos, regarding the interrogation tactics of suspected terrorists, has sparked a bi-partisan debate over how the Obama administration should address the legal issues raised by the interrogations. With former Vice-President Dick Cheney publicly criticizing the Obama administration, the Christian Science Monitor tapped Professor Joel K. Goldstein for insight into Cheney’s impetus for remaining in the public eye.

Prof. Goldstein Weighs In On Nomination of Koh to State Department
April 21, 2009

As the U.S. Senate begins the process of confirming Harold Hongju Koh to the State Department, Professor Joel K. Goldstein discusses recent attacks on Koh from conservative bloggers. In an editorial piece for the Saint Louis Beacon. Prof. Goldstein asserts that Koh has spent his career championing individual liberty, democratic governance and the rule of law.

Students, Alumni and Faculty Member Honored by Women's Justice Committee
April 17, 2009

The Daily Record announced the winners of the 2009 Women’s Justice Awards, which include 12 female members of the SLU LAW community. The winning alumnae, current students, and faculty members are being recognized for improving the quality of justice and/or contributing to the betterment of the profession. On April 16, the following women will be honored at a ceremony taking place at The Four Seasons: Alisse Camazine ‘79; Deirdre Gallagher ‘86; Jane Dueker ‘92; Tessa Trelz ‘87; Honorable Nanette Baker ’94; Honorable Carolyn Whittington ‘79; Nicole Colbert Botchway ‘96; Marie Kenyon ‘86; Amy Gunn ‘96; Annie Harkins ‘09; Manasi Venkatesh ‘09 and Professor Carol Needham.

Prof. Miller Offers Insight Regarding Drug Courts
April 16, 2009

An amendment to a Missouri Bar-backed bill could potentially eliminate drug court commissioners in St. Louis, and convert them into associate circuit judgeships in other parts of Missouri, reported Missouri Lawyers Weekly. Studies have suggested that the supervision of drug courts work better and save taxpayers money. However, Professor Eric J. Miller asserted that all of the positive data regarding the success of drug courts' should be more closely examined.

Biden Should Follow the Walter Mondale Approach, Prof. Goldstein Suggests
April 15, 2009

In the Christian Science Monitor, Prof. Joel K. Goldstein discusses Vice President Joe Biden's positive relationships with his former colleagues in the Senate, and how former Vice President Walter Mondale is as a good model for Biden to emulate.

Prof. Walker Named Teacher of the Year By Students
April 15, 2009

Graduating law students have selected Anders Walker as the Saint Louis University School of Law Teacher of the Year. Prof. Walker has been a member of the faculty since 2006 and his areas of expertise include Constitutional and Criminal Law.

Dick Cheney’s Recent Media Rounds Has Been Unique, Explains Prof. Goldstein
April 14, 2009

Professor Joel K. Goldstein, J.D. was interviewed for the French newspaper CyberPresse about former Vice President Dick Cheney. Prof. Goldstein noted that the way Cheney has carried himself has been “very unique.” Past vice presidents ordinarily enter a period of hibernation, in order to give the new administration a chance to complete their tasks.

Prof. Gilchrist Honored With Award For Her Commitment To the Needs of the Elderly
April 14, 2009

Professor Barbara J. Gilchrist received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. The award was announced in April at the National Academy meeting in Washington, D.C. Prof. Gilchrist has been a leader on issues related to Medicaid and Medicare eligibility, as well as other public benefits for the elderly.

Prof. Fogel Assesses Recent Mo. Court of Appeals Ruling
April 9, 2009

In its April 7 decision, the Missouri Court of Appeals Eastern District ruled on a contentious probate case, Klinkerfuss v. Cronin, ending a nine-year legal battle. The case, which was dubbed "ludicrous litigation" in the opinion, allowed the court to take a first look at a portion of the state's Uniform Trust Code related to attorney's fees and costs. Professor Bradley E.S. Fogel remarked in The Missouri Lawyers Weekly that it was unusual for a court to go after an individual beneficiary for legal fees, and even rarer for a beneficiary to accumulate the large amount of of legal fees that were accrued in an effort to remove the trustee.

Prof. Goldstein Suggests VP Biden's Long Career In Senate Will Prove Helpful
April 8, 2009

While former Vice President Dick Cheney preferred working behind the scenes, current Vice President Joe Biden has been front and center when it comes to enforcing the Obama administration's agenda. Professor Joel K. Goldstein discusses Biden's approach to his new role, in comparison to his predecessors, in an article for the Washington Times. Goldstein points out Biden's penchant for reaching across party aisles and keeping the lines of communication open when advancing programs from the Obama administration.

Prof. Goldstein Commemorates R-Tenn Address
April 6, 2009

To commemorate the 20th Anniversary of Senators Thomas F. Eagleton, D-Mo., and Howard Baker's, R-Tenn address to the United States Senate, Professor Joel K. Goldstein wrote an article for the Saint Louis Beacon. Prof. Goldstein asserts that the Eagleton-Baker speech, which stressed the importance of bipartisanship government, is as relevant now as it was two decades ago.

Prof. Harrison Provides Insight Into Recent Missouri Supreme Court Decision
April 2, 2009

The Missouri Supreme Court came to a split decision on March 31 regarding an attorney’s failure to file a timely post-conviction notice of appeal for his incarcerated client. In the case of David Gehrke v. State of Missouri, the Supreme Court ruled that the lawyer’s failure to file a complete notice of appeal constituted ineffective assistance of counsel and not abandonment. The Missouri Lawyer Weekly interviewed Professor Patricia Harrison for her thoughts on the 4-3 decision. Harrison said, “The issue of wanting to have timely resolution and closure of matters is the motivating force in having it be so narrow in their findings.”

University of Frankfurt Welcomes Prof. Tim Greaney
March 27, 2009

Professor Tim Greaney gave a lecture to bankers, academics and students in Frankfurt Germany, titled: “Bank Mergers and Competition Policy during the Global Financial Crisis" at the Institute for Financial and Monetary Security, University of Frankfurt.

Prof. Ammann and Students Appeal to the Missouri Supreme Court and Win
March 18, 2009

Professor John J. Ammann and SLU LAW students won an appeal in the Missouri Supreme Court on behalf of a family seeking adoption subsidies from the state. The St. Louis Daily Record reported that the court determined the state agency was not promulgating regulations governing applicants' qualifications for adoption subsidies.

Wall Street Journal Taps Prof. Miller on Hawaiian Apology Resolution
March 15, 2009

Professor Eric J. Miller explains if the Hawaii Supreme Court opinion stands, then future apologies for historic wrongs from Congress might become rarer still. In 2008, the Hawaiian Supreme Court blocked the state from transferring any of the 1.2 million acres of land back to the Native Hawaiian people. Miller comments to the Wall Street Journal that the Hawaii case might be the first in which an apology receives legal weight.

Prof. Amany Ragab Hacking Gives Overview of the Missouri Court of Appeals
March 15, 2009

The Missouri Court of Appeals isn't supposed to act as three separate courts, however some attorneys are asking for more uniformity between the branches. Professor Amany Ragab Hacking was featured prominently in the March 16 edition of The Missouri Lawyer Weekly. Hacking explains how each of the appellate districts focus primarily on precedents set in their own district rather than looking to the other courts for guidance.

Public Law Review's Property Ownership Conference Features Developer Richard Baron
March 1, 2009

The Public Law Review's "Property Ownership and Economic Stability: A Necessary Relationship?" conference featured developer Richard Baron, who presented the keynote lecture, "Urban Neighborhoods: Can the Stimulus Package Reverse the Course of the Last 40 Years?" The conference and Baron's talk were profiled in the St. Louis Beacon. St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Tim Logan also covered the conference and emphasized Baron's message that an integrated, comprehensive approach is key to successful urban redevelopment programs in Logan's "Building Blocks" column on And Professor Peter Salsich appeared on KTVI-2 to promote the conference.

Prof. Goldstein's Reaction to President Obama's Speech: He's Got "Mount Rushmore Potential"
February 28, 2009

Professor Joel K. Goldstein offers his expert opinion on Barack Obama's speech and applauds the new president for his plans to take on some of the most intractable problems in American government: energy independence and climate change, health care and educational equity — while cutting the deficit in half to the

Obama's Dogma? Prof. Goldstein Says the President Is Remarkably Pragmatic
February 24, 2009

Professor Joel K. Goldstein explains that President Obama is a pragmatist who shares basic Democratic values and believes in rational problem-solving and consensus politics to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Prof. Goldstein Sheds Light on the New Illinois Law and Roland Burris' Resignation
February 23, 2009

Burris' appointment will likely run until the 2010 election unless it was interpreted to run until the election of Rahm Emanuel's successor. Alternatively, the Senate could expel Burris by 2/3 vote if that was thought to be appropriate or Burris could resign, perhaps trying to use that as leverage with the authorities as Agnew did, Professor Joel K. Goldstein explains to the St. Louis Beacon.

Vice President Joe Biden's Infamous Gaffes Could Undermine His Stature, Prof. Goldstein Explains
February 17, 2009

Professor Joel K. Goldstein explains that the media's "lighthearted yuks" aimed at Vice President Biden could undermine his stature to the New York Daily News.

Law Students Place at Jessup International Moot Court Super Regional Competition
February 16, 2009

Congratulations to law students Erin Doyle, David Morin, Osita Onyia, Andrew Wold and team captain, Kathryn Young. Their written memorial received third place at the Jessup International Moot Court Super Regional Competition last weekend in Houston, Texas. Through their excellent written and oral advocacy the team advanced to the quarterfinals of the competition. Also, Osita Onyia took home the fifth place oralist award from a field of 92 oralists. The team was coached by Beth Anderson Jennings, Professor Kim Novak Morse and alum Patrick Foppe.

Prof. Ammann and Legal Clinics Represent Sheltered Care Home
February 10, 2009

Professor John J. Ammann — who led the Legal Clinics representation of several unnamed residents of the Sheltered Care Home in a lawsuit over the closing of the Madison County home — was interviewed about the recent settlement, which will provide a source of funds to help create new supportive housing facilities and a safety net of funds to assist residents in their new placements. Interviews appeared in the following media outlets: KWMU-FM 90.7, the Belleville News Democrat and The Alton Telegraph.

Prof. Goldstein Offers Insight on How Republicans Can Impact America's Most Pressing Problems
February 3, 2009

Professor Joel K. Goldstein offers expert suggestions on how Republicans can impact the issues America now faces. His recommendations: Think of ways to use the stimulus package to strengthen the role of state governments, envision plans to make certain the proposed spending package is not permanent or address some of Wall Street's flagrant abuses that contributed to the economic crisis. The story ran in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, and Real Clear Politics.

Can Historic Tax Credits Be Used to Renovate Closed Schools? Prof. Salsich Offers His Insight
January 31, 2009

Professor Peter W. Salsich Jr. explains that using historic tax credits on residential housing projects can be controversial in some instances, but he explains that if the credits can keep dozens of historic closed city schools from being razed, he sees no problem with their use to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.